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  • Not all residents benefit when their cities prosper, but some cities have harnessed economic turnarounds to become more inclusive and share the benefits of growth more broadly.

    Our Inclusive Recovery project examines how cities can overcome economic distress in a way that provides the opportunity for all residents—especially historically excluded populations—to benefit from and contribute to economic prosperity.

    We look at the relationship between economic health, economic inclusion, and racial inclusion in 274 of the largest US cities since 1980. And through extensive data analysis and discussions with local leaders, we identify trends across cities, key lessons for how economic turnarounds can support inclusion, and common building blocks of inclusive growth across different geographic contexts.

    Read the report
    Inclusive Recovery in US Cities

    Explore the data tool
    Measuring Inclusion in America’s Cities
    Use our dashboard to explore national trends and city rankings on economic, racial, and overall inclusion.

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    Blog Post
    How does the DC region rank on inclusion and shared prosperity?
    Racial inclusion and racial diversity: How they compare and diverge across cities
    What separates the most- and least-inclusive cities in the country?

    Research Areas Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Economic mobility and inequality
    Tags Inclusive recovery
    Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center Research to Action Lab